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Project by shipwright posted 03-03-2015 04:33 PM 2345 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was, after all, a dovetail themed tool swap so the box is on theme if not a tool. :-)

Here’s the story:

My special niche is marquetry so I naturally wanted to add a little to my swap items and the obvious (to me anyway) way was to use the recipient’s initials. I’ll accept the blame for any rule violations that I may have talked Norm into but he was good enough to assign me a name early on enough that I could do it.

However the name was ErikF, a somewhat intimidating person to make tools for so I made the decision to build him a box with a dovetail theme to keep his gorgeous shop made dovetail tools together in. Although completely veneered inside and out, it is actually dovetailed construction (it happened, see pictures) and features a dovetail pattern in 1/16” Walnut and Cherry veneer. I fitted a piece of 1 1/8” Kaizen foam inside so Erik can custom fit his tools.

Then I started feeling guilty about not building a “tool” so I added a personalized layout board per David Barron as a bonus item.

This was my first swap and I enjoyed it immensely. Thanks Norm for your time and patience. You are now a master cat herder.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 03-03-2015 04:42 PM

Outstanding box, with few technics in one project : dovetail, wooden hinges and scrollsaw inlay.Bravo!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-03-2015 04:55 PM

what a beautiful box and swap, the whole thing has paul written all over it, great job as always paul, but one thing i say, i do not take your work for granted and i love that your here to post it, thank you…your work always inspires me , warmer weather is coming in now and im hoping its going to help my back and legs feel better, i really miss my work in the shop as i was doing…and this inspires me….;)....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 03-03-2015 04:58 PM

My, my. What’s not to like? My compliments.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 03-03-2015 05:12 PM

“master cat herder” made me laugh so hard, being a cat dude myself :) neat box Paul!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#5 posted 03-03-2015 05:28 PM

Fine work Paul. Someday I’ll have to work on my marquetry skills.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 03-03-2015 05:30 PM

Beautiful work Paul!

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#7 posted 03-03-2015 05:44 PM

Excellent work as always.


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#8 posted 03-03-2015 05:49 PM


Everything you have done is spot on!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 03-03-2015 06:23 PM

Beautiful stuff. Your work is always top notch.

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#10 posted 03-03-2015 06:58 PM

Paul, your work, as usual, is amazing and beautiful and sophisticated. I laughed when I saw that we have a lot of the same tools! I have the very same Veritas dovetail saw guide, and the same coping saw. Amazing work my friend.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#11 posted 03-03-2015 07:11 PM

Awesomalistic…! Your marquetry work is top notch and the box shows it so well.
I like the way you used the brass tube to enclose the brass pin hinge.

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#12 posted 03-03-2015 08:01 PM

Absolutely beautiful. A true work of art

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 03-03-2015 08:47 PM

You are a master of your craft, Paul. Really great job.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#14 posted 03-03-2015 08:58 PM

What a Super COOL box chocked full of techniques…

Super COOL Job!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#15 posted 03-03-2015 09:30 PM

Ok this is getting out of hand raising the bar on boxes for tools to this level .
If you would have called this a fine marquetry jewelry box I would agree .

Paul that is a beautiful box and it being personalized will make it so much more special gift for Erik .


-- Kiefer

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